2011

Blood Thinner Lowers Clot Risk in Plastic Surgery Patients
In Highest-Risk Group, Enoxaparin Reduces Venous Thromboembolism Rate by 60 Percent
Patients Under 50 Get Best Long-Term Results from Facelift Surgery
'Maintenance Facelifts' in Younger Patients Provide Longest-Lasting Improvements, Authors Suggest
Good Psychological Function Found in Adults with Congenital Facial Disfigurement
Surgery to Improve Appearance, Psychological Support May Improve Adjustment
ASPS Partners with eClinicalWorks to Provide Latest Electronic Medical Record Technology
Initiative will deliver the latest technological advances in electronic health records to plastic surgery practices nationwide
ASPS, French society monitoring PIP silicone gel breast implants developments
PIP silicone gel-filled implants were never approved for use in the U.S.
Complications after Breast Surgery Are More Common in Obese Women
Risk is 12 Times Higher than in Nonobese Women, Study Reports
Breast Reduction Surgery Has Higher Complication Rate in Older Women
More Problems with Infections and Healing in Women Over 50
Motor Vehicle Crashes and Violence Leading Causes of Facial Fractures in Children
Cause of fractures varies by age and socioeconomic status
Study Examines Ethical Issues Surrounding Surgery to Separate Conjoined Twins
Difficult Case of Twins Joined at the Head Illustrates Ethical Complexities
American Society of Plastic Surgeons Names New York Physician New President
Malcolm Z. Roth, MD, F.A.C.S., Chief of Plastic Surgery at Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York, today was named president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) at Plastic Surgery 11 THE Meeting, the Society’s annual scientific conference. Dr. Roth will lead the world’s largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons and foremost authority on cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery for a one-year term.
The Plastic Surgery Foundation Names Michael Neumeister, MD, as Its New President
The Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF), the premier plastic surgery research organization advancing the specialty, today announced it has named Michael Neumeister, MD as its president. Neumeister, Professor and Chairman of the Institute of Plastic Surgery at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, Ill., assumed the role this week at Plastic Surgery 11THE Meeting, the leading annual plastic surgery scientific and educational conference.
Adding Liposuction Helps Prevent Common Complication after Tummy Tuck
New Technique May Lower Risk of Seromas after Abdominoplasty
Study Finds Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy Does Not Increase Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence
Few Safety Issues Observed with Alternative Approach to Breast Cancer Surgery
New Laws, TV Ads Expose White Coat Deception
World's largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons takes action
Plastic Surgery Patients of Courage Honored in Denver
Four reconstructive surgery patients from across the country are recipients of the annual Patients of Courage: Triumph Over Adversity awards from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Ethicon and Mentor. The awards recognize patients who have required reconstructive plastic surgery procedures to contend with a physical adversity, yet found a way to give back to their communities through charitable work. The awards are being presented during Plastic Surgery 11 THE Meeting, ASPS’ annual conference, at the Colorado Convention Center on September 23. This year’s honorees include the first full face transplant recipient in the United States, a former Marine Corps journalist injured in Iraq, a lawyer born with a facial cleft and a breast reconstruction patient and philanthropist.
Uninsured Breast Cancer Patients Not Informed of Reconstructive Options
More than half of uninsured women with breast cancer never receive adequate information regarding their reconstructive options after mastectomy, says a study being presented at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) annual conference, Plastic Surgery 11 THE Meeting, September 23-27, in Denver. However, pre-operative patient education significantly increases the rate of breast reconstruction in uninsured patients, the study finds.
Liposuction Linked to Reduced Triglyceride Levels, ASPS Study Finds
Long considered a purely cosmetic procedure, a new study suggests liposuction may also have significant health benefits. A study being presented at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) annual conference, Plastic Surgery 11 THE Meeting, September 23-27, in Denver, reveals for the first time that liposuction patients experience a reduction in triglyceride levels and white blood cell counts, possibly decreasing their risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
New Study Shows Topical Botulinum Toxin Gel Improves Wrinkles
The revelation of a needleless botulinum toxin type A wrinkle fighter could fuel an even greater expansion of cosmetic surgery’s non-invasive market. According to a study being presented at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) annual conference, Plastic Surgery 11 THE Meeting, September 23-27, in Denver, an investigational, topical botulinum toxin gel may promise an effective and painless anti-aging treatment. The gel, currently referred to as RT001, is being studied for the treatment of crow’s feet.
Marital Status, Smoking, Heavy Drinking Increase Risk of Hair Loss for Women
Age and genetics have traditionally been considered the most reliable predictors of both female and male hair loss. However, two new studies involving identical twins, being presented at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) annual conference, Plastic Surgery 11 THE Meeting, September 23-27, in Denver, reveal new contributors to hair loss in both women and men. In fact, being a divorcee, widow, heavy smoker or drinker can wreak havoc on one’s hairline, especially if you’re a woman, the studies find.
Post-Bariatric Patients Denied Access to Body Contouring Procedures
Despite more than 220,000 bariatric procedures are performed each year, a new study presented at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) annual conference, Plastic Surgery 11 THE Meeting, September 23-27, in Denver, finds the majority of post-bariatric patients are not allowed to fully complete their weight loss journey. According to the study, 75 percent of post-bariatric patients are not informed of the body contouring options available to them; however, many might undergo plastic surgery if made aware of their options.
Myth Prevents Successful Breastfeeding in Breast Augmentation Patients
A woman’s perception of how breastfeeding will impact the appearance of her breasts following breast augmentation, strongly influences her chances of successfully breastfeeding, says a study being presented at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) annual conference, Plastic Surgery 11 THE Meeting, September 23-27, in Denver. In the study, 86 percent of mothers with breast implants who failed at breastfeeding also believed it would negatively affect the look of their breasts, which influenced their success. However, it’s the number of pregnancies, not breastfeeding, which causes breasts to sag over time, the study reports.
Top Cosmetic Injectable Filler Gets a Makeover
A new development in the application of cosmetic surgery’s most popular injectable filler, hyaluronic acid, is sure to make a splash at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) annual conference, Plastic Surgery 11 THE Meeting, September 23-27, in Denver. Plastic surgeons have developed a solid hyaluronic acid filler that is instantly reversible and offers a more precise correction of wrinkles than its popular gel counterpart, reveals a study being presented at the conference.
Plastic Surgery 11 THE Meeting: Where the World's Top Plastic Surgeons Convene
From the latest research on breast implants and newly discovered health benefits of liposuction, to the dangers consumers face by choosing unqualified professionals to perform their cosmetic surgery – the hottest topics, technologies, and research will be presented at Plastic Surgery 11 THE Meeting, the annual scientific assembly of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). The meeting, being held Sept. 23-27 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, will be attended by more than 5,000 doctors, medical personnel, exhibitors and industry representatives in the field of plastic surgery.
Breast Reduction and Bariatric Surgery – Which Should Come First?
Final Results May Be Better When Weight Loss Comes First
Fat Injection Appears Safe for Reconstruction after Breast Cancer Surgery
Researchers Say Lipofilling Should Be Performed by Experts with Close Follow-Up
One-Third of Rhinoplasty Patients Have Body Dysmorphic Symptoms
Plastic Surgeons Should Be Aware of Patients with 'Excessive Concern' about Appearance
High-Intensity Ultrasound Provides New Approach to Body Sculpting
Noninvasive Technique Reduces Waist Size in Nonobese Patients, Study Finds
Study Supports Immediate Breast Reconstruction after Mastectomy
Experience Shows Immediate Reconstruction Is Safe, Doesn't Delay Treatment
Steer Children Clear of Lawn Mower Injuries
As the school year draws to a close, thousands of children across the country will take on a familiar chore: mowing the lawn. June is National Safety Month and five national healthcare organizations are warning Americans that the routine task of lawn mowing can be extremely dangerous to children, the operator, and those nearby if proper safety precautions aren’t taken.
TIPS Meeting Showcases Emerging Technologies in Plastic Surgery
Will breast implants become obsolete? Will stem cell therapies soon play a major role in how breasts are reconstructed after mastectomy, how wounds and wrinkles are treated and how we age? These are just a few of the topics that will be discussed at the Technology Innovation in Plastic Surgery (TIPS) conference, June 17-19, in San Francisco. TIPS is hosted by The Plastic Surgery Foundation (The PSF), the educational and research arm of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
Limb Salvage Team Helps Victims of Haitian Earthquake
A team of plastic and orthopedic surgeons achieved a high success rate in limb salvage - minimizing the need for amputations among pagtients injured in last year's devastating earthquake in Haiti.
New Technique Doubles Breast Size Using Patient's Own Fat
A plastic surgery procedure in which the patient's own fat is transplanted to the breast can achieve up to a twofold increase in breast size.
New Education Network Provides Continued Learning for Plastic Surgeons
American Society of Plastic Surgeons partners with seven subspecialty societies to provide most comprehensive online education portal
How Not to Be a Dog Bite Victim
Four national medical organizations are teaming up to raise awareness during National Dog Bite Prevention Week, May 15-21. It’s estimated that 4. 7 million people are bitten by dogs every year. Yet most dog bites are entirely preventable through training, proper control of dogs, and education.
Sensation Recovers to 'Near-Normal' After Face Transplant, Study Finds
Recovery of sensation after facial transplantation is similar to, or even better than, that achieved by conventional surgery to repair nerve injuries, reports a study in the May issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
Flowers, Candy...Tummy Tuck?
What would mom get herself for Mother’s Day if she had the chance? A new survey shows that it might be a tummy tuck or breast lift.
Conflict of Interest Controls Tightened for Plastic Surgeons
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has adopted new guidelines designed to promote ethical interactions between its member physicians and the medical industry. The document entitled, “Considerations for Interactions with Industry,” provides detailed recommendations for appropriate collaborations between individual plastic surgeons and pharmaceutical, biotechnology, or medical device companies in an effort to prevent industry support from biasing a physician’s professional activities or judgments.
Breast Fat Injection Causes Confusion on Mammograms
A breast augmentation procedure in which fat from other parts of the body is transferred to the breasts causes can cause false suspicion of breast cancer on follow-up mammograms, according to a study in the April issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
Immediate Implant Replacement Provides New Option for Reconstruction After Mastectomy
Immediate breast reconstruction using implants provides a new alternative for many women undergoing mastectomy for breast cancer, suggests a study in the April issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
Do Women with Silicone Breast Implants Need Follow-Up MRI Scans?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration currently recommends regular follow-up magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans for women with silicone breast implants. But a new review shows significant flaws in the evidence supporting this recommendation, reports the March issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
Breast Lipomodeling Doesn't Interfere with Mammograms
Lipomodeling – a relatively new approach to breast augmentation in which fat is transferred to the breasts from other parts of the body – doesn't interfere with routine screening mammograms, reports a study in the March issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
Plastic Surgery the Key to Historical First U.S. Full Face Transplant
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), is proud to announce multiple members participated in last week’s first full face transplant on 25-year-old burn victim Dallas Wiens of Texas.
Men Fuel Rebound in Cosmetic Surgery
Statistics released today by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) show that more men are going under the knife. Overall cosmetic plastic surgery procedures in men were up 2 percent in 2010 compared to 2009. However, many male surgical procedures increased significantly. Facelifts for men rose 14 percent in 2010 while male liposuction increased 7 percent.
Algorithm Helps Manage ALCL Worries after Breast Augmentation
In the wake of a recent FDA statement linking breast implants to a rare cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a newly updated algorithm provides plastic surgeons with guidance in managing women with breast lumps or swelling after breast augmentation. The algorithm appears in an article published on the website of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). The article will be published in the June 2011 print issue of the journal.
Plastic Surgery Rebounds Along with Recovering Economy
As the U.S. economy pulls out of the recession, so are nips, tucks and lifts. According to statistics released today by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 13.1 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, including those that are minimally-invasive or surgical, were performed in the United States in 2010, up 5 percent from 2009. In addition, more than 5.3 million reconstructive plastic surgery procedures were performed last year, up 2 percent. The increase in cosmetic plastic surgery mirrors the rise in consumer confidence throughout most of 2010.
Facelift Makes You Look 12 Years Younger
Patients who have undergone a facelift rate themselves as looking an average of 12 years younger after surgery, according to a study in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
Migraine Surgery Offers Good Long-Term Outcomes
Surgery to "deactivate" migraine headaches produces lasting good results, with nearly 90 percent of patients having at least partial relief at five years follow-up, reports a study in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
Important Health News on Breast Implants
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are issuing resources to patients who have undergone or are considering breast implant surgery, in response to reports of a rare lymphoma, Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL), found in a very small number of women with breast implants.
ASPS Collaborates With FDA to Establish Breast Implant Registry
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons is establishing a national registry for breast implants in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The registry is being developed in response to reports of a rare lymphoma - Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL) - in a very small number of women with breast implants.
Facial Bones Show Signs of Aging Too
What makes us look older? Wrinkles and sagging result not just from changes in the skin, but also from age-related changes in the underlying facial bones, according to a report in the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
Personality Factors Affect Quality of Life after Breast Reconstruction
Certain personality traits are linked to higher quality of ife scores in breast cancer patients who undergo breast reconstruction after mastectomy, reports a study in the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).